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The Missing Plague Vials

  A Domestic Preparedness article in December 2020, titled The Next Black Swan – Bioterrorism, identified persistent public health and homeland security concerns regarding bioterrorism and biowarfare, along with critical infrastructure. The article was intentionally published one year into the ongoing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize significantly greater public health vulnerabilities and threats. The impact of SARS-CoV-2, with the inappropriate and inadequate response, was enormous and world-changing. Nevertheless,…

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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident, response agencies must be able to communicate in real-time. This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response. One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked “responder.” Learn what one agency is doing to close this
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The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, homeland security education expanded to ensure that local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats. This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats.
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Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3,500 spiders, each with their own style, getting together to create a giant web. That’s how this author describes the U.S. power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks.

Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

Gathering intelligence about potential threats is a daunting task that many agencies perform. When agencies do not effectively share intelligence, they may miss connecting the dots necessary to create actionable plans to thwart attacks and save lives.

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National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities

Participants at the National Tribal Emergency Management Council’s annual conference in August shared some key takeaways for tribal and nontribal communities to improve their disaster

Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir, it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown

Family Terror Networks 2.0: January 6, Part 2

Research shows family-affiliated extremism contributed to more than one-sixth of all January 6 defendants. Homeland security and law enforcement agencies must understand family-affiliated extremism and

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TERRORISM

The Missing Plague Vials

  A Domestic Preparedness article in December 2020, titled The Next Black Swan – Bioterrorism, identified persistent public health and homeland security concerns regarding bioterrorism and biowarfare, along with critical infrastructure. The article was intentionally published one year into the ongoing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize significantly greater public health vulnerabilities and threats. The impact of SARS-CoV-2, with the inappropriate and inadequate response, was enormous and world-changing. Nevertheless,…

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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from

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Virtual Reality Training Revolution Is Here

The click-through, good-enough training, ubiquitous in many organizations, is not good enough anymore. A Harvard Business Review article titled “Where Companies Go Wrong with Learning and Development” (L&D) discovered that

Looking Back to Look Ahead to Protect the Food Supply

History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats. One historical study has been updated to

Chemical Sector Perspectives

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter

Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents,

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